Social Panorama of Latin America 2009

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This 17th version of the report - one of ECLAC’s most important flagship publications - provides estimates for 2009 on poverty and indigence in the region and analyses social spending and government social protection policies. The Social Panorama 2009 includes the following, among other issues: An analysis of social protection policies, including conditional transfer programmes and their re-distributive impact; a review of government social agendas before and during the crisis: actions, challenges and options; a diagnosis of who are most vulnerable to poverty in the region and how to protect them and, suggestions for a new social protection system in Latin America.



Public policy and the care crisis in Latin America: Alternatives and initiatives

Given the socio-demographic characteristics and social structure of the countries of the region, it is important to include care issues in the debate on social protection and its governing principles. Social protection must, first of all, provide greater equality of access to people in need of care, regardless of their resources. Second, services and benefits must be universal and needs-based. The third principle of social protection, as it relates to care, is intergenerational solidarity. All of these principles must be somehow enshrined in social protection systems, according to each country’s particular risk profile, the role it assigns to family and policy, and the type of welfare regime in place.


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